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Virginia Man Arrested on Criminal Charges for Actions During Capitol Breach Jan. 6 | USAO-DC

WASHINGTON — A Virginia man was arrested this morning on felony and misdemeanor charges, including civil commotion, for his actions during the Jan. 6, 2021 burglary of the US Capitol. His actions and the actions of others disrupted a joint session of the US Congress meeting to determine and count the electoral votes related to the presidential election.

Robert William Degregoris, 32, of Aldie, Virginia, is charged in a criminal complaint filed in the District of Columbia with civil unrest, a felony and four misdemeanors including: entering and staying in a restricted building or property; disorderly and disruptive behavior in a restricted building or property; use of physical violence in a restricted building or property; and obstructing passage through the grounds or buildings of the Capitol. He made his first appearance today in the District of Columbia.

According to court documents, Degregoris was seen in pictures and video at or near an entrance to the US Capitol building on Lower West Terrace, dubbed the “Tunnel.” Degregoris reached the tunnel at around 4:01 p.m., when the mob attack on the police had been going on for at least an hour. Degregoris joined the group of rioters in their efforts to break through the police line and gain access to the US Capitol, including by taking action against officers. Despite being sprayed with Oleoresin Capsieum (“OC”) spray, Degregoris stayed near the tunnel and, as seen on CCTV footage, continued to hustle with other rioters towards the police front for several minutes. During this time, he also assisted other rioters in their efforts to breach the entrance to the US Capitol, including helping push a ladder toward the police line.

This case is being prosecuted by the US Attorney for the District of Columbia. Valuable assistance was provided by the US Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.

The case is being investigated by the FBI’s Washington field office. Valuable assistance was provided by the US Capitol Police and the Metropolitan Police Department.

In the 24 months since Jan. 6, 2021, more than 950 people have been arrested in nearly all 50 states for crimes related to the US Capitol break-in, including over 284 people charged with assault or obstruction of law enforcement. The investigations are ongoing.

Anyone with tips can call 1-800-CALL-FBI (800-225-5324) or visit tips.fbi.gov.

A complaint is merely an allegation and all accused are presumed innocent until proven beyond a reasonable doubt in court.

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